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God Jul - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 60
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
19°P, 30 IBU.

Ingredients: Lager, Munich, caramel, black, and chocolate malt; Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 12-01-2003)
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Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

16.9oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a huge light tan head that possesses excellent retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass as well.

S- The aroma is absolutely fantastic! The aroma is dark and slightly roasty with dark fruits, coffee, cocoa. The aroma is also surprisingly sweet as well.

T- The taste much like the aroma is sweet and roasty with some coffee and cocoa flavors along with a quick roasted bitterness in the finish. Very solid.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Not a bad brew. It is a little on the sweet side, a little more bitterness would help balance things out a tad. Overall though, this is a solid beer that is worth a try.

cjgator3, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

16.9 oz. bottle, listed as Nogne Winter Ale,

A: Pours a very dark red, looks black if not in the light. Creamy off-white head has good retention, lacing is spotty.

S: Strongly aromatic, with notes of coffee, star anise, licorice, and fig.

T: Sweet off the bat, a mix of treacle and espresso. Spicy notes - light nutmeg and cinnamon even though this is not a spiced beer. Roasted undercurrent throughout.

M: Soft mouthfeel, I thought there was a tad too much carbonation bite, but overall a solid feel. Medium/full bodied, with a high gravity thickness, sweet and lightly acidic finish.

D: A fabulous winter beer from Nogne. This shows they can do spiced and non-spiced winter warmers right, though I do wish they had kept the original Norse name on the bottle.

Halcyondays, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured black with great carbonation and nice brown had. Nose was faint with cocoa, caramel. Taste was thinner bodied than I expected, while good with cocoa, caramel, toffee and a good spiciness on the end, perhaps some cinnamon, nutmeg. Mouthfeel was nice with that cocoa and caramel mixed with the slight zing at the end. A smoke blast on the end was nice too. Very drinkable and darn tasty.

barleywinefiend, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

pours a jet foamy black with a medium size foamy khaki head, some lacing too.

smell is of dark fruit, cocoa, spice, and a whiff of caramel.

taste is smooth, chocolate, some spice, coffee, some caramel, a little licorice, sweetness is hiding in the back.

overall very stoutish

froghop, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of timtim
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

georgeous looking dark beer with a khaki head that hangs in there and leaves a good deal of lace. i get something different every time when i go in for the nose. cocoa, chocolate, roast coffee, and some smoky, charred scent that is very nice to my senses. taste has a few surprising nuances that i didn't get from the nose too much, particularily the nice hop characrter and the caramellyness. proper porter mouthfeel, if not a tad on the thick side, but i think it's just about rght. 8.5 with just a touch of boozy dryness, so 1 is all i can fathom right now, but this is a very exciting brewery that has yet to really let me down.

timtim, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of vacax
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

A: Initial head is small, but is beautiful and thick with tiny mocha bubbles. Between black and a deep burnt sugar brown.

S: Brown sugar, prunes, dark fruits, toffee, croissants. Unusually sweet nose.

T: Big porter, bigger than some baltic porters. Rich and smooth toffee and chocolate. Nice alcohol mixes with prunes and finishes off with a delectable roasted coffeeness.

M: Velvety, juicy, smooth carbonation. Very good.

D: Great porter. Sweet in a good way with toffee and fruits, good coffee/chocolate presence in the back drop. Not sure what prevents this from being a Baltic Porter even. Great beer that should be year round, the only heartbreaker is the price tag: around nine bucks for a bomber.

vacax, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of shroompod
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours with a nice tan head , lacing to the end of the glass. Dark brown in color.

Very faint floral hoppy aroma.

Sweet caramel malts and balanced hoppy character leave this beer nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick. carbonation is good.

Overall an easy drinking porter for 8.5 %.

shroompod, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Boto
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

500ml. bottle: This one had the "Winter Ale" name on the label. This beer pours a dark, murky opaque brown color. There was a bit of a dark tan head on mine. It subsides quickly and leaves some lacing. Nice nose to this one. Chocolate, caramel, raisins, hints of coffee and other fruits. What a full rounded flavor. Chocolate and coffee up front, but very well balanced with the caramel malts. Very tasty and easy to drink. You have no idea that this is 8.5%.

Boto, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Ahhh, the legendary Nogne brews, what a travesty I cannot get these in Tx.

Light black color with a fat dark tan head that just gets creamier and thicker the more I stare at it. Mad lacing!!

Roasty, toasty malty nose with a grassy hop twinge to it. Hints of strawberries, cantaloupe and yeast.

Yes, it tastes like some funky, fruity yeast. Interesting that is has some Belgian (yeast) and German (caramel) characteristics that work really well. Very bready with hints of pine needles, nuts, bananas and roasty malts.

Exceptionally smooth, this is an excellent ale but not sure how true to either a porter or winter warmer it is...perhaps Euro Strong Ale?! A bit on the pricey side, but well worth trying.

twiggamortis420, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Ljunkan
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%

Had this at Bishops Arms, Karlstad, together with Bananaman. Also tried it last Christmas eve, and I could definitely see a change since then. This was bottled 13 august last year, If I'm not misstaken.

When the bartender opened the bottle it almost exploded. Some beer poured out at the floor. Weird, you think a year would calm down the beer a bit...

The color is darkbrown with a large foam. It remains in the glass until the beer is finished. Nice.

The smell is of some smoke, chocolate, and some christmas-like spices.

The taste is chocolate, fudge, slightly of coffee, smoke, hints of grapefruit and citrus from the american hops.

Mouthfeel is very fullbodied, creamy and thick.

Nøgne Ø is one of my favourite breweries, and this could be their best beer. It tasted good in december, but tasted even better now in august.

Ljunkan, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Bananaman
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%

Ah, a great "christmas present" from Nøgne Ø. Didn't get the chance to drink it this christmas so I had it a few days ago at Bishop's Arms - Karlstad.

Dark brown-almost black color with a big beige head that lasts a long time. Lots of sediment in the bottle.

Smells great of some smoke, chocolate, fudge and some nice spices (maybe imaginary 'cause it's a christmasbeer).

Tastes lots of chocolate, fudge, cascade-ish hops, smoke, coffee and a nice hoppiness, pretty sweet beer. 30 IBU is kind of ideal for this type of beer I think.

A new favourite, I will surely buy a few of this next christmas!

Bananaman, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

500 ml bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a dark ruby-tinged mahogany body capped with a huge soft pillow of mocha-colored foam. The head of the drink is extremely fine-bubbled and retains at a creamy sheet, leaving fluffy bands of lacing on the glass.

The smell is roasty and caramel sweet with a solid vibe of fruity, herbal American "C" hops. A dark chocolatey note arises as the drink warms.

The taste is reminiscent of cafe au lait with bold notes of dark chocolate-covered caramels laced with bitter orange and juicy grapefruit. Though the drink lacks the stereotypical mulled spicy character I expected from a "winter ale", the hops and alcohol present a peppery, herbal surprise that fills any perceived gap in the flavor profile very nicely. A touch of coffee and plenty of fruity hops linger in the finish and the aftertaste.

The drink is wonderfully smooth and medium-fullish in body, with just the right amount of carbonation to make it superbly drinkable.

cvstrickland, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a very dark black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is big malty, lots of toffee/caramel/chocolate. The taste is malty, slight sweetness, nice notes of toffee/chocolate/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is another awesome brew from Nogne, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of cabsandking
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

Black opaqueness with a thick, creamy cappuccino froth. Thick caramel nose mixes with notes of berries, raisons, and hints of cocoa. Complex malt flavors, caramel, burnt brown sugar, cocoa powder, and licorice. Fruity notes of berries and prunes. Well balanced hops offer up a nice spiciness, bitter, and a bit of pine that ends minty in the finish. Full bodied and a thick mouthfeel thats just shy of chewy and medium carbonation is just perfect. Overall a rich, roasty beer that is a must for the winter.

cabsandking, May 11, 2008
Photo of edchicma
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

Great brown pillow head, good lacing. Strong malt notes with some hop undertones. Malt and a hint of oxidation on the taste. Mouthfeel is slightly dry with a decent light bitter finish. Drinkability is good, except for the hint of oxidation. Would be a good pair with something sweet, including chooclate.

edchicma, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

A little over one finger of light beige head that lessens to a ring of foam. The color is a dark nut brown with deep ruddy garnt highlights. The aroma is a roasted and toastd nutty malt with a light hint of green mint chocolate. The first sip si a deep roasted chestnut, walnut, all kinds of nut with a lttl dry chocolae middle and a muted cream, hop, and nesquik finish. Very dark roasted palate with a lightly integrated hop profile. This beer feels just outstanding on the tongue. Hard to not want another bottle of this beer if it wasn't 8.5% abv.

scruffwhor, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

A - As the beer pours, one finger of medium brown foam forms on top of the black body. The beer is quite opaque, with only a hint of brownish amber showing around the edges when held up to bright light. The head settles slowly and leaves a small amount of lace in its wake.

S - Nutty, brown malt aroma, complimented by notes of banana, raisins, cinnamon and brown sugar. The overall effect is very reminiscent of spiced baked goods.

T - It begins with a thick, rich malty note with hints of brown sugar. This is followed by clove, nutmeg and some dark fruit. In the middle, roasted malt and chocolate come out and slowly fade into the same nutty, banana bread like character from the aroma. The dark chocolate notes return to linger in the finish along with a some minor hop character and a hint of tobacco.

M - Thick, silky body, high carbonation, and a surprisingly dry finish.

D - This is a complex and impressively drinkable winter brew. The high carbonation and dry finish help to prevent the malt and spice character from becoming cloying in the way they tend to in other winter beers. At the same time, it retains the impressive complexity that is characteristic of Nogne O beers and manages to evoke a distinctly wintry atmosphere for the drinker.

nickfl, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
4.53/5  rDev +11%

500ml bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago.

Dark color, a shade off of black, with a thick tan head.

Nice roasty smell with a little sweetness. Caramel and raisins. Smells awesome.

Roasty malt flavor too, with coffee and caramel, with an earthy hop presence. A little alcohol too.

Smooth medium- to full body. Very soft in my mouth.

Awesome beer. A nice example of the style and a great cold weather beer.

Tasted on 2/26/08.

tmitch75, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of tonistruth
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

winter ale

A- deep brown with a 1/2" tan head, decent retent, settles to a foam ring that holds well

S- dark chocolate, caramel, dark grain cookie

T- caramel malts, rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, bran cookie, pine, pine/caramel/roasted chocolate aftertaste

M- creamy medium body

D- amazing winter brew, absolutely delicious and complex, highly recommedned

tonistruth, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance - a few moments after uncapping, a plug of foam starts slowly creeping up the neck in the bottle. It emerges slowly and I figure now is a good time to get this into a glass. With only part of it poured I wisely hold up as three fingers of foam threaten to push over the sides. It peaks right there and slowly works its way back down. There is a smooth layer on top like melted marshmallows in hot cocoa. Bends and swirls of lace are thrown in haphazard fashion around the lip. The beer has a purplish red cast, but needs a strong backlight to show it.

Aroma - roasted malts with a doughy edge. Has a slightly full feel to it, but fades a little too much after set up.

Taste - nice evenly malt flavor, dark and delicious, not burnt or even toasted much. An undertow of light sweetness helps balance the malt with some notable hop flavor on the swallow and following. No hint of the 8.5% abv, nicely hidden. The aftertaste has a little more hop pronouncement, but not overly so. The finish still has plenty of dark grain character, a late showing of dark chocolate. Abv does start to peek through with warming, it's a nice addition for this sub-20 degree February evening.

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated, releasing some of that works for me. Smooth and gliding, though not heavy.

Drinkability - this is a fine fireside sipper, at 8$ it deserves savoring.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of WillieMoe
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a beautiful thick brown, with a nice frothy light brown head that sticks around.

It has a gloriously rich aroma, with hints of raisin, caramel and possibly molasses. Has a nice balanced mix.

The taste is much the same as the smell, with a nice mix of dark fruits, caramel, and a sort of mocha highlights. The woody hops are present and balances the malt nicely.

Goes down very smoothly for a porter. A very drinkable beer that is very complex and delightful. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking some up.

WillieMoe, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

1 Pint, .09 fl oz dark, brown bottle copped for about $7.99 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Special thanks to in-house proprieator Dan Ratti for recommending this one...
First beer from this brewery, and off-the-bat I was really impressed by the outstanding dark black, opaque appearance which included a gigantic foamy and frothy five-fingered head that exhibited some serious staying power...
Smell was likewise powerful with strong nuances of dark chocolate, rich espresso, and strong latte...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma with warming essences of roasted malts, cappuccino, alcohol, and rich cocoa...
One of the best depictions of the style that I've encountered for sure, with an ultra-thick and rich creamy mouthfeel and taste which left nothing to be desired and everything to be appreciated...
The bittersweet and richly flavored cocoa and chocolate flavor was bursting through on this one and really made its presence known...
Excellent stuff... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of theformula
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

Many thanks to GeorgiaBeer for the trade!
Beer# 36 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/5.

A: Pours a mahogany (nearly black) body into a tulip glass. A massive khaki head retains really well. Sweet looker.

S: This has a great aroma, very rich & interesting like a good Christmas beer should be. Not so much intense as it is complex. Big caramel malts flex their muscles w/ dark fruits (prune, raisin) and a wood or pine note in there, as well as a semi-acrid tartness. No alcohol is evident. Soft, piney hops.

M: Med. body that's very full and incredibly soft, like velvet.

T: The taste follows the aroma and has a huge flavor profile, rich and fruity. Big, sweet caramel, dark chocolate, black cherry and a woody hop flavor that is nicely bitter and balancing. Alcohol provides some spice.

D: An extremely tasty Christmas beer, one of the best I've had. It has nearly everything: big flavor and complexity, warming yet the alcohol is well-guised. Solid.

theformula, Feb 20, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

A-Pours rich, dark and thick. It's hard to make out the more detailed hues since the lighting's not particularly illuminating where I am. Respectable head.

S-Caramel and chocolate w/mocha. Deep toasted malt; light hops.

T-Dry dark chocolate is the most apparent trait, w/mocha tones. I also got a hint of fruit, most likely from the hops, and some tobacco-raisin feel.

M-Medium-light in body with faint carbonation. The overall mouthfeel is good, but a little lighter than I expected. Very smooth.

D-Drinks easy and smooth, very enjoyable.

BoitSansSoif, Feb 20, 2008
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4.68/5  rDev +14.7%

appearance - Looks black, but it more of a dark brown clor. Crazy fluffy head formed, never seen big bubbles like this. Had a nice tan head that stuck around on the first full glass pour. Little bit of lace stuck, nothing noticeable.

smell - Cofee beans, and chocolate.

taste - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Little bit of bitterness at the end, but I didn't notice it at first.

mouthfeel - Medium-full body.

drinkability - With all the hype on this brand, this was a good find. One of the best English porters I have had. Would buy this again, enjoyed it big time.

auxiliary, Feb 13, 2008
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